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    Question worm looking parasites in my duck meat

    So Like I mentioned before I am brand new to duck hunting but not to bird hunting and I have cleaned hundreds of quail, chukkar and dove etc. well yesterday I was rinsing of some duckís that I had just breasted that I am going to bone out and make Duck Jerky when I noted that one of the ducks was full of these little meal worm looking parasites imbedded in the meat. They were just a touch smaller then a grain of rice. They were pretty deep in the meat and throughout the whole breast. Anybody ever seen this before?
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    Rice breast, possible in dabbler ducks.

    http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/...arcocystis.asp

    I had two ducks that had mild cases of it from last weekend's shoot. Cooked it on the grill and ate it. Looks bad, but won't hurt you. Lot's of guys will throw it out, personally I don't waste anything I kill.
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    thank you. that's for sure what it was. I did toss that duck though. I was not sure what it was and just wanted to make sure no one got sick from it. it was packed full of them maybe close to 100
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    Is it possible the flies might have gotten to that particular duck? Could just be maggots.

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    Ahhh, I don't like to waste meat but I aint taking any chances with my health and getting sick. No way. It isn't worth it. I'm sure if you were to make jerky it would've been fine but if I see creepy crawlers, it's game over for me. I'm sure a ton of people will disagree with me, but that's just how I feel.

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    It sucks to throw out any meat, but parasites can be really dangerous. I've known two people who have contracted food parasites. We think one buddy got a parasite from eating undercooked crawdads from the American River. The other friend got a parasite from eating overseas in Asia. They both missed months of work as a result of their sickness. It took a couple years to rid the parasites out of their system. Also, both found out the hard way, they were in public places when they thought they had to pass gas and.... well u can imagine. Don't risk it. Tons of species will benefit if u leave it were they can get to it.
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    If you eat ocean caught fish or wild game in general, you are exposed to all sorts of interesting stuff. In my line of work, I see and have seen most things, none of it bothers me.
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    I have opened up ducks before and they were infested with that crap, no way i would eat it.

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    Yep that's rice breast, nothing wrong with cooking it and eating it but I never have been able to do it.

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    I'm not French! I don't eat worms or snails and I'll never give up my gun!

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    Mjp62, Maggots only consume rotten decaying tissue. Its rice breast...and i used to eat it before i found out what it was...
    Cut em'

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    If you cook it right, it doesn't bother you. I usually do not breast my ducks, so I never see them. But if I did, I'm not sure they would go in my freezer. But if you see them in the field, do not discard them in the field. You'll get written up for waste of game if seen by the warden.

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